Victor Osimhen ‘turned down Manchester United before joining Napoli for £54m as he refused to compete with his fellow Nigerian Odion Ighalo’, reveals his brother
- Manchester United wanted to sign Victor Osimhen, according to his brother
- Napoli ended up securing the striker from Lille for £54million earlier this summer
- And Osimhen’s brother Andrew outlined why frontman turned down United
- He said it was out of a respect for fellow Nigerian Odion Ighalo at Old Trafford
Victor Osimhen turned down a potential move to Manchester United before joining Napoli for £54million, his brother has revealed.
The 21-year-old moved to the Italian club from Lille in a big money deal earlier this summer but Andrew Osimhen has explained that United were also in for him.
But the fact that fellow Nigerian Odion Ighalo already played at Old Trafford meant Victor did not contemplate the move out of respect.
Victor Osimhen joined Napoli but Manchester United were interested in the striker
‘It is very true that Manchester United wanted Victor but he told me something like he had too much respect for Odion Ighalo to be competing for shirts with his senior colleague,’ Andrew told Complete Sports.
‘My brother holds Ighalo in high esteem and he just didn’t see himself going to Old Trafford to battle for a striking role with the highest goalscorer at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.’
Both forwards have played in the Nigerian national side together. Osimhen has made nine appearances and scored four goals since his debut in 2017.
Odion Ighalo (left) is already at United and Osimhen did not want to compete with him
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to extend Ighalo’s loan from Shanghai Shenhua until next year
Ighalo joined United on loan from Shanghai Shenhua in January and his switch has been extended until the same month next year, though he is not Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s automatic first choice.
Osimhen was linked with a number of Premier League sides including Liverpool and Tottenham.
But Napoli fought hard to sign the promising striker and clinched a deal.
And having seen what he’s capable of during pre-season, they will be glad they did. Osimhen scored an eight-minute hat-trick in their pre-season friendly against L’Aquila and continued his fine start with another strong display against Teramo.
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